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Meet the CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation: Randy Parker

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… Randy Parker

A graduate of … Pleasant Grove High School

Now working as … the Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit association overseeing budget, staff, and implementing the policies of 30,000 members under the guidance of a board of directors.

For … Utah Farm Bureau Federation

See the website … http://utfb.fb.org/

Vocational Agriculture were his favorite high school classes. “Coming from a ranching background, I was able to learn about management, production, finances as well as hands on welding and other agriculture shop classes. I was involved in FFA, including election to chapter offices.”

Randy’s first job (after college) – was Information Supervisor for the Utah Department of Agriculture.

Randy reports his most significant training was … a bachelor’s in Agri-business; a master’s in Agricultural Economics.  “My Vo Ag Teacher gave me the confidence to attend Utah State University after graduation. I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college.

A career highlight … Election as President of the North American Agriculture Marketing Officials Association (NAAMO), which is a “collection of state and provincial marketing officials from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The group works together to increase food and agriculture marketing opportunities between the countries as well as jointly opening global marketing opportunities for North American farmers, ranchers and value added food processors.”

Advice to students …Stick with your educational goals. From a life experience standpoint there are two important considerations. First, there are a greater number of and more fullfilling career opportunities for men and women with college degrees. Second, the earning opportunity today for college graduates far exceeds my generation. In the 1970s, the lifetime earning potential differential between a high school graduate and a college degree was an increase of about 25 percent. Today, with a college degree the average increased lifetime earnings potential over a high school graduate is about 80 percent.

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